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United Nation’s team Turn the Tide on Plastic sails  in Itajai, Brazil. Photograph: Eduardo Velente/AFP

This is quite strange. For the first time in this Volvo Ocean Race we have started a stage in light winds. Since leaving Itajai in Brazil on Sunday,(...)

The good news is that Turn the Tide on Plastic is currently ranked third overall and we’ve worked really to get here over the past two weeks.

We’re going really fast! Well, not quite. About half a knot to be exact so more like really slow. But we’re moving and in this nip and tuck game tha(...)

Nick Dwyer and Barbara Heftman are interviewed in Sydney after being rescued off Australia’s southeastern coast. Photograph: Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

Former Royal St George Yacht Club sailor Nick Dwyer from Dún Laoghaire recalled his “moment of terror” during a capsize off Sydney, Australia on Wedn(...)

British comedian Dom Joly jumps from onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the start of leg six from Itajaí in Brazil to Newport in Rhode Island. Photograph: Getty Images

For a while, it looked like we were never going to get away from Brazil. Stuck at the starting line with no wind, leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race to N(...)

A detail from Walk on the Beach (1909) by Joaquín Sorolla. Courtesy of the Sorolla Musuem

The Valencian impressionist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was one of Spain’s best-loved artists. Although he enjoyed success in Europe (he won the Gran(...)

The average Irish car is now eight and a half years old, a figure that has risen significantly since the recession began its inexorable zombie bite in(...)